Santa Clara, CA – The San Jose owner of a management company was recently sentenced to six months in county jail by the Hon. Hector Ramon for embezzlement from over a dozen small and medium-sized hotels, including many that are family-owned.
Henry Flynn owner and CEO of Kubo, provided management services to hotels throughout California, including in Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area. Flynn, who was previously convicted in 2008 of grand theft for embezzling from his then-employer, Vasona Management, was accused of pocketing tens of thousands in fraudulently obtained insurance funds.
Flynn plead guilty to grand theft on Nov. 1, 2022. In addition to his sentence, Flynn paid back over $195,000 in restitution to the victims. He will also be placed on probation for three years, during which he cannot own or operate a business that handles the bookkeeping, accounting, or financial matters of others and during which he must notify his clients of his conviction.
“Trust, but verify,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “We have a steady stream of small business victims duped by predatory criminals who may have been discouraged or caught by a more robust system of financial checks and balances.”
Flynn employed personnel to manage the hotels and obtained workers’ compensation insurance for those employees. Records from 2015-2018 showed that for those policy years, Kubo over-estimated the insurance needs of some clients, resulting in premium over-payments of tens of thousands of dollars per year. However, when the insurance providers refunded the over-payments, Flynn pocketed the refund checks and put some of them into his personal accounts.
In 2018, a client reported concerns about potential criminal conduct by Flynn and Kubo to the District Attorney’s Office. During its investigation, the DA’s Bureau of Investigation obtained records from Kubo’s workers’ compensation insurance carriers, which ultimately revealed the theft to which Flynn pleaded guilty.
Source: Santa Clara DA’s Office